ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona Senate president’s emails related to election audit made public

Jun 7, 2021, 1:06 PM | Updated: 5:53 pm
Karen Fann...
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann. (AP File Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
(AP File Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX – More than 500 pages of Arizona Senate President Karen Fann’s emails related to the ongoing audit of the 2020 Maricopa County election were made public last week, revealing new insight into the Republican’s thought process.

American Oversight, which describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog for governmental abuses of power, posted the emails Friday after obtaining them through a public records request.

Fann has been saying publicly said she pursued the audit for the sake of restoring faith in the election process and finding ways to make it better, and not to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump.

Her emails, however, convey messages that vary depending on the audience.

On May 21 she responded to an audit supporter accusing her of “pandering/floundering to the liberal base” because she said the outcome won’t change the official election results.

Fann replied by implying that her public statements are her sweet way of opening the door for something sour to come: “Our only goal is to get this audit finished before they try to shut us down again. Sometimes honey does better than vinegar when you want to get something done. The vinegar will come at the end.”

That same day she replied to an audit critic who said Fann needs to “make peace with the fact that we voted out Trump.”

In that case, Fann echoed her previous public stance: “This is where you are mistaken. Biden won. Forty-five percent of all Arizona voters thinks there is a problem with the election system. The audit is to disprove those theories or find ways to improve the system.”

However, while the battle over access to Maricopa County’s voting equipment and nearly 2.1 million ballots was still working its way through the courts in December, Fann implied she was coordinating with Trump and his associates.

“Maybe you are not aware that our Senate is doing everything legally possible to get the forensic audit done and we are suing the Maricopa BOS [Board of Supervisors],” she wrote in response to an email accusing her of not doing enough to prevent Biden’s victory from being certified. “I have been in numerous conversations with Rudy Giuliani over the past weeks trying to get this done. I have the full support of him and a personal call from President Trump thanking us for pushing to prove any fraud.”

The state Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Arizona’s largest county for a wide array of election materials in December. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was reluctant to turn over the ballots and machines, arguing that it would be against state law to do so.

The county also hired two certified firms to conduct independent audits, which found no irregularities.

In February, however, Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason ruled in the Senate’s favor. Fann then hired several contractors, led by Cyber Ninjas, to do a hand recount of the ballots and inspect tabulation machines and computer systems.

Maricopa County Republican leaders and critics of all stripes have questioned the experience, motives and competence of the firms. Much of the concern has been centered around Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, who before being hired for the Arizona audit had apparently posted sympathetically about election conspiracies in a deleted Twitter account.

The audit started April 23 at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The only races being recounted are president and U.S. senator, seats Democrats narrowly won in the county and state.

The process is expected to be completed by the end of June, when the lease agreement for use of the building expires.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Twitter Photo/Scottsdale Fire Department)...
KTAR.com

Woman dies of medical issue during hike on Scottsdale trail

A woman hiking a Scottsdale trail suffered a medical emergency and died Sunday night, authorities said.
8 hours ago
(File photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)...
Griselda Zetino

Supply chain issues causing problems for Arizona school cafeterias

School cafeterias across the Valley are struggling to come up with breakfast and lunch menus, and they’re blaming supply chain problems for that.
8 hours ago
(City of Goodyear photo)...
KTAR.com

Goodyear Police outreach team works to help those experiencing homelessness

An outreach team as part of the Goodyear Police Department is working to provide those experiencing homelessness with resources to help them get back on their feet.
8 hours ago
(ADOT photo)...
KTAR.com

I-17 south of downtown Phoenix to close each night through Friday

Interstate 17 south of downtown Phoenix will close each night through Friday as a project to reconstruct the bridge over Central Avenue nears completion.
8 hours ago
(Scottsdale Police Department/Facebook Photo)...
KTAR.com

Scottsdale police arrest man for allegedly trying to lure teen into paid sex act

A 26-year-old man was arrested in Scottsdale Wednesday for allegedly trying to pay a 16-year-old girl to perform a sex act, authorities said.
8 hours ago
(AP Photo)...
DIANNIE CHAVEZ | CRONKITE NEWS

Obamacare enrollment in Arizona expands by 40,000, with more gains likely

More than 40,000 Arizonans signed up for Affordable Care Act health insurance in the six-month special enrollment period earlier this year, and advocates expect the numbers to keep rising in the enrollment period that opens next month.
8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Why fall maintenance is important for your heating system and A/C

It’s easy to ignore your heater and air conditioner when they’re working but the moment something breaks, you will likely regret not keeping up with maintenance. After all, if something goes wrong, you may be stuck with a repair that will take longer and be more expensive than simple maintenance.
...
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

More stroke patients eligible for acute treatment, thanks to research

Historically, patients underwent acute stroke treatments according to strict time guidelines. But thanks to recent advancements in stroke research, more patients are becoming candidates for clot-busting drugs and endovascular therapy at specialized centers like Barrow Neurological Institute.
Arizona Senate president’s emails related to election audit made public